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College signings

The Raptors Girls class of 2018 will have their college signing night on Thursday February 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at ISC. Details to follow.

Frank Mateus honored as the Midwest Competitive Coach of the Year by US Youth Soccer

2017 Competitive Coach of the Year Award winners to be honored at Awards Gala

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 19, 2017) — US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of the national winner and nominees for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year awards. The Competitive Coach of the Year Award honors individuals for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.

MIDWEST – Frank Mateus – Rockford, Ill.
With over 25 years of coaching experience, Frank Mateus has helped develop youth players from all ages — with several going on to the collegiate and professional levels. Through working with the Rockford Raptors FC and US Youth Soccer ODP state and regional teams, Mateus displays compassion, selflessness, hard work and determination in his coaching.

Everyone at the Raptors congratulates Frank on this great achievement.

Rockford Raptors Upcoming Tournaments:

2018 Puma Cup College Showcase April 6th-8th, 2018

Great College Showcase and a pre-season event for U12 through U19/20 Boys and Girls. 

2018 Puma Champions Cup April 13th-15th, 2018

Great soccer tournament for all of your clubs teams as we typically have at least 4 levels of competition for every age group.  U8 through U19/20 Boys and U8 Through U15 Girls.  Awards for first and second place teams and players for all age groups.  Semi-Finals and Finals for U14 and younger.  U15 and Older Awards will be given out based on points after the three round robin games!

2018 Puma Cup College Showcase Application is now Opened! April 6th-8th, 2018

Click to register your team for the 2018 Puma Cup College Showcase on April 6th-8th, 2018!

2018 Puma Champions Cup Application is now Opened! April 13th-15th, 2018

Click to register your team for the 2018 Puma Champions Cup on April 13th-15th, 2018!

Want to join the Raptors Club?

Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts?  It may not be too late!  Please contact one of our Directors for information.

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Rockford Raptors Boys 03 Champs at Puma Labor Day Cup 2017

Rockford Raptors Boys 04 Finalist at Great Lakes Soccer Challenge

Rockford Raptors Boys 04 Champs at the Puma Labor Day Cup

Rockford Raptors Girls 00/99 Select Finalists at the 2017 Puma Labor Day Cup

Raptors 02 Girls Champs at Puma Labor Day Cup


The following Raptors players were recognized for their performances during their High School season.

All State: Michael Kozlowski (Boylan), Cooper Jevremovic (Hononegah) and Isaac Brown (Hononegah)

All Sectional: CJ Couper (Boylan), Colin Beatty (Boylan), Tanner Grable (Harlem), Mathew Oliveira (Keith), Alan Rubio (Boylan), Jakob Schoon(Keith) and Andy Volk (Rockford Christian)

All Sectional Honorable Mention: Max Cincinnati (Rockford Christian), Cole Dunn (Rockford Christian), Aleksa Gligorevic (Harlem), Nathan Hunt (Stillman Valley), Carson Masters (Guilford) and Boston Glessner (Dixon)

Coach of the Year: Rick Mateus (Belvidere North)


Raptors Boys College Signing Event

There will be a College Signing event for all Raptors Boys players who have committed to play  college soccer in the Fall of 2017.

This will be on Wednesday July 26th at 5:30 p.m. inside ISC´╗┐.

Family members, friends and team mates are invited to attend this event.

The players who have committed are as follows:

Gaige Cervantes: Rockford University, Rockford, IL

Carson Davenport: Luther College , Decorah, IA

Austin Lombardi: North Central College, Naperville, IL

Connor McGarry: Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Tigrio Huerta: Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Kenny Velez: Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

Tony Diaz: Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Aidan Keefe: Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

Carlos Galvan: Rockford University, Rockford, IL

Jack Iturbide: University of Dubuque

Ruben Cisneros: University of Dubuque

Congratulations to all!


Raptors Girls 02 win 6-0 and Girls 03 lost 3-2 to Colorado Storm 02 Girls ECNL today at the Colorado Storm Fall Kickoff Classic

U17 Boys Play in USYSA National Presidents Cup Finals in Auburndale, FL

Congrats to the team for placing in the top 4 teams in the country, and proudly representing Raptors FC, and our community.  We are proud of all of your accomplishments!

2000 Boys are Illinois President's Cup Champions!

Congratulations to the Raptors Boys 2000 team.  In the U-17/18 Illinois President's Cup Final they defeated Chicago Kickers 2-1. They now move onto the Regional Finals.  Good Luck to the team!

The team is coached by Vee Jevremovic and Mike Rizzo.

Congratulations also to the 2002 Girls who were Illinois Cup finalists. The team lost to Chicago Fire Jrs. South in the Championship match.  

The team is coached by Frank Mateus and Danny Zambrano.

Rockford Raptors Soccer Camps!

Rockford Raptors Summer Soccer Camps. Click on the link for more information!

Ryan Howe

Raptors FC Offers Three Levels of Programs - Which is Best for Your Child?

Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child.  Contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you, Raptors FC Staff

Thirteen Raptors FC players earn prestigious IHSSCA honors

LOVES PARK, IL - October 26, 2016 - Thirteen Rockford Raptors FC student-athletes were selected to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) All-Midwest, All-State, All-Sectional and Honorable Mention teams this week.

"This is a tremendous honor for these kids and we congratulate every one of them for the hard work they put in - on and off the field," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching.  "Our coaching staff  is especially proud to have coached these players as well."

Antonio Diaz (SR, Sterling HS) garnered All-Midwest honors; Aidan Keefe (SR, Boylan Central Catholic HS) and Raul Pulido (SR, Rockford Guilford HS) were named to the All-State team; Michael Kozlowski (JR, Rockford Boylan Central Catholic HS), Remington LeRette (SR, Dixon HS), Carson Masters (SO, Rockford East HS), Connor McGarry (SR, Boylan Central Catholic HS) and Andrew Villacorta (SR, Rockford Christian HS) were named to the All-Sectional team.

Goalkeepers Carson Davenport (SR, Boylan Central Catholic HS) and Cooper Jevremovic (SO, Rockton Hononegah HS) were named as All-Sectional goalkeepers.  Davenport also received All-State honors.

Isaac Brown (SO, Rockton Hononegah HS), Mitchell Etheridge (SR, Dixon HS) and Tanner Grable (JR, Machesney Park Harlem HS) gained Honorable Mention All Sectional  honors.

The Rockford Raptors FC congratulates this group!

Tryout Dates Set for 2017/18 season

The Tryout dates are now set for the Raptors 2017/18 season.

Please see attached document with dates and times.

Any questions please contact club Directors, Frank Mateus: or Hugh Ward:

All Tryouts will be at the new turf fields at Sportscore 2.  Fields 231 thru 235.  Please check in at least 15 mins to your start time.  Bring water, soccer ball and shin guards.

Tryout Registration Link
We prefer you complete your registration online, but we have a paper form below and paper forms will be available onsite.   If it's after 2pm on your teams tryout date, please use the paper form.

Raptors Girls Class of 2017 Signings

The Rockford Raptors Class of 2017 that will be playing college soccer are:

Abigail Austin (Hononegah HS) UW OshKosh , WI

Lauren Chacon (Dixon HS) Lewis , IL

Mackenzy Jankiewicz (Belvidere HS) Charthage College, WI

Erin Mercer (Hononegah HS) UW Whitewater, WI

Adela Pelayo (Harlem HS) Judson College, IL

Lauren Phillips (Hononegah HS) U of Minnesota Moorehead, MN

Ellie Provo (Dixon HS) St.Francis U, IL 

Maria Schmidt (Boylan HS) Lourdes University, OH

Madisyn Smith (Boylan HS) UW Whitewater, WI

Meghan McCarthy (Beloit Memorail HS) Ripon College, WI

Abby Beck (Winnebago HS) Carroll University, WI

We are extremely proud and excited to see this group succeed at the next level

Raptors U23 player Taylor Sarver earns all-MAC Conference honors

LOVES PARK, IL - November 12, 2016 - (Excerpts from the Rockford Register Star)

Raptors U-23 player Taylor Sarver (Harlem HS) was the lone Northern Illinois University Huskie to be named to the All-MAC Conference team, the conference announced Saturday.

Sarver led the Huskies in all the major categories this season, including goals (7), points (15), minutes played (1,771) and game-winning goals (3). She led them all the way to their first MAC championship-game appearance since 2006, but the Huskies dropped a 1-0 battle to Kent State on Sunday, despite holding the edge in shots on goal (6-5) and corner kicks (5-2) in that game.

Now, after advancing to the Mid-American Conference championship match for the first time in a decade, they’re both looking for much better things to come in the near future.
“We put ourselves in position to improve even more for next season,” said Sarver.  “We’re all going to come back hungrier after this season — I know I’m going to be hungry.”

Sarver helped the eighth-seeded Huskies knock No. 1-seeded Ball State 3-2 in penalty kicks in the demifinals, scoring her first collegiate postseason goal. She tied the game at 1-all in regulation, and also scored on her shootout attempt.

Proud to be Raptors FC



•More than 300 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.


•3 former players now play in the MLS


•Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club

•More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club

• has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country

•Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team

•Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team

•Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.

•Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.

•National Champions (2 times)

•National Runner-up 2004 and 2005

•Regional Champions (5 Times)

The History

•Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.

•Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.

•Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids

•ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.

•Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.

•Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.

•2009 Raptors  named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)

Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor



Rockford Raptors FC


Former Raptor signs with St.Louis FC

Ryan Howe played for Raptors from a young age. He just realized his dream to play professional soccer by signing for St.Louis FC in the United Soccer League.

Howe was born in Rockford, Illinois and played for Loyola University of Chicago from 2012-2016. In 2016, he started all 18 games in a season culminating with the first NCAA Tournament appearance in Loyola Chicago program history. Howe would go on to play for the Ocean City Nor’easters in the PDL during the summer of 2016 as the club finished as Eastern Conference champions.

Congratulations to Ryan!

Raptors U19s win Illinois State Cup!

NORTHBROOK, IL – October 16, 2016 – The Rockford Raptors U19 women’s soccer team captured the Illinois State Cup Saturday night by edging out GLSA Libertyville 1974 by the score of 2-1 at Techny fields in Northbrook.  Maggie Woods and Lauren Chacon each notched goals, while Erin Mercer, Kaylee Parsons and Kylee Hermeyer each provided assists in the contest.

"I am really proud and happy for the U19 team,” said Frank Mateus, the Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching.  “We have been playing very well and this is a great way for the student-athletes to add to their resume – playing great teams along the way and an especially great team tonight in the finals.  The team has been extremely committed and they have come together as a team – which for me as a coach is great to see.”

The Raptors bested SBWAFC Warriors (4-1), Peak Academy (3-0), SAA Sports United (4-0) and tied Ela (1-1) in pool play, en route to the semi-finals in which the team defeated FC Lake County 2-0 to earn a spot in the final.

With the victory, the Raptors U19 team is 18-2-4 on the season and adds the Illinois State Cup to their championships for the season, including the Strike FC Fall Classic (WI) and the Puma Labor Day Cup.

Woods leads all goal scorers on the team with 29 goals (11 assists), while goalkeeper Alyssa Darling holds a 0.79 goals against average in 24 contests.

The Raptors U19s will play in the 2016 November College ID Showcase, hosted by the Rockford Raptors at Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL, November 18-20.